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10/GUI Demo Video More Impressive Than the Tech

10/GUI doesn’t seem like much of a deviation from the current trend in OS design, but I found myself watching the demo video long after I was interested because it’s so well-executed. The information is presented clearly and concisely with the perfect balance of text and illustration.

Still wasn’t enough to keep me watching until the end, but it’s a great example. Continue reading 10/GUI Demo Video More Impressive Than the Tech

Jesus Christ (the indie band) – “Is This Really What You Want”

We need to talk. I don’t think we have a future together. It’s not you — it’s me. Is this really what you want?

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Tao Lin’s new “sound project” from Brooklyn seeks to create something you can “authentically empathize with,” and succeeds almost instantly with the first relationship-talk soundbite over loping electronic beats. I was surprised at how quickly and efficiently it connected with me.

Looking forward to hearing the second song from the 2-song EP due in fall and “available digitally, physically, and emotionally.” No kidding. Continue reading Jesus Christ (the indie band) – “Is This Really What You Want”

Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More”

Wow. A little understated bluegrass morphs into a dramatic kick-drum anthem and I can’t take it off repeat or stop drumming my fingers.

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Who wouldn’t love these words? Simultaneously nostalgic and uplifting.

Love
It will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you
It will set you free
Be more like the man
You were made to be

Mumford & Sons Continue reading Mumford & Sons – “Sigh No More”

How I Spend My Time

Very pretty and very intelligent Asian female seeking LTR – 28 (Bay Area)

Hello,

I’m seeking a LTR with an open-minded, very intelligent and financially stable man. I’m open to age and race.

I enjoy many activities including museums, wine tasting, traveling, reading and dining out. If you would like to get to know each other over coffee, please send your stats and a photo.

 

To: pers-jhdd4-1378859753@craigslist.org
Subject: Very pretty and very intelligent Asian female seeking LTR – 28 (Bay Area)

Very skeptical SWM seeks exceedingly modest, low-class SAF who enjoys playing Skip-Bo, eating pork rinds, and drinking full-bodied lagers on my yacht.

Are you her?

Continue reading How I Spend My Time

High Frequency Trading

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Ever wonder how the big banks consistently make money as the market drops?

  • Big budgets afford enormous computing power to identify and exploit trends in real-time
  • Electronic exchanges can be manipulated to reveal key market details

Automatic programs began issuing and canceling tiny orders within milliseconds to determine how much the slower traders were willing to pay. The high-frequency computers quickly determined that some investors’ upper limit was $26.40. The price shot to $26.39, and high-frequency programs began offering to sell hundreds of thousands of shares.

Continue reading High Frequency Trading

Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold

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“Mrs. Cold,” the first single from the new Kings of Convenience album, has been released to radio.

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It’s a solid track, but it doesn’t sound like Erlend and Eirik are advancing, though this is a little bubblier than standard KoC fare.

You can actually get a preview of the album by watching their performance in Seoul last year, where they tested out nine new songs before recording the album. Check them out below. Continue reading Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold

Why Desktop UI Sucks

Brian will writes a fascinating, very entertaining criticism of modern desktop UI.

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Only librarians want to live in a grey, motionless, silent world of text, but for a long time, that’s what the computing experience was. Then came icons and windows, and they could move! Quickly this novelty wore off, so today our menus slide, our workspaces spin in three dimensions, and our windows cross the event horizon every time we minimize them. And our iPhones fart.

Moreover, we increasingly expect interfaces to entertain our hands. Touch screens! Multi-touch! Surface top! Gestures! I’ll admit that these developments are exciting, but they’re exciting mainly because we don’t really know what will come of them—our hopes at this point remain still very vague. As clearly as we can define it, our hope is that computer interaction can be made satisfying in the same way that a good hit on a tennis ball is satisfying or in the same way that closing a well made car door is satisfying.

Sadly, these ideas may turn out to be like virtual reality: worlds of possibilities, none of the possibilities very useful. So we may be in just another cycle of the permutations of fashion. Still, aesthetics and feel really do matter to an extent, for a good layout of information and good use of typography tends to be aesthetically pleasing, and good tactile feel, such as proper mouse sensitivity, definitely facilitates usability.

Continue reading Why Desktop UI Sucks

The Secret To America’s Prosperity

Immigrants at Ellis Island

Immigration is the key to innovation in America.

Immigrants come to the United States and take menial jobs so that their children have a chance at a better future, he told me. While the jobs they take are below their intrinsic capabilities, they’re focused on giving their children a better life, not personal job satisfaction.

Second-generation children, seeing how hard their parents work to give them an opportunity, in turn work hard at school, where, he noted, they often focus on mathematics and science in pursuit of the economic returns promised by careers in engineering and medicine.

Third-generation kids figure the economic return on effort expended is better for business and legal professionals and pursue those professions instead of technical ones.

By the fourth generation, any immigration-related incentives to work hard are largely nonexistent.

Continue reading The Secret To America’s Prosperity

How Did I Miss MSTRKRFT & John Legend’s “Heartbreaker”?

Heard “Heartbreaker” for the first time yesterday. Today I noticed it’s on MSTRKRFT’s latest record, Fist of God, which I’d downloaded back in March. How’d I miss such an awesome track?

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Heartbreaker in iTunes

My star rating system:

  1. Delete it
  2. I want to keep it but don’t want to hear it randomly
  3. I wouldn’t mind hearing it
  4. I like hearing it
  5. It’s one of my favorites

Looks like I gave up after four lackluster tracks. Thanks to Hype Machine for getting me to #5. Continue reading How Did I Miss MSTRKRFT & John Legend’s “Heartbreaker”?